New Year’s Resolutions: Why bother, or chance for positive change?

New Year’s Resolutions: Why bother, or chance for positive change?

By Ruth Homan, Community Health WorkerThe beginning of a new year prompts us to feel like it is time for a fresh start. There seems to be an innate desire to make positive changes in our lives; trying to improve ourselves physically, intellectually, or socially. According to finder.com, 74 percent of American adults reported the wish… Continue Reading

CORE (Co-Responder) Program in San Miguel County: Bettering Behavioral Health Outcomes

CORE (Co-Responder) Program in San Miguel County: Bettering Behavioral Health Outcomes

By Corinne Cavender, Behavioral Health Operations CoordinatorHave you heard about the Co-Responder program we have in San Miguel County? Well, if you haven’t, buckle up and read carefully… you’re going to want to take a note of this one.  Recently we had the privilege of interviewing Robin Slater LPC., LAC. for a KOTO Access show. Robin works for the San Miguel County… Continue Reading

Colorado Legislature Approves Millions to Support Coloradans with their Energy Costs

Colorado Legislature Approves Millions to Support Coloradans with their Energy Costs

By Sean MacDonellLast week, Colorado legislators passed a coronavirus relief bill that will allocate millions to small businesses and non-profits, including five million dollars for Energy Outreach to help Coloradans weatherize their homes and assist with energy bill payments.Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) is a statewide organization that helps Coloradans year-round pay for electricity, natural gas,… Continue Reading

National Rural Health Day: The Power of Rural is The Way We Work

National Rural Health Day: The Power of Rural is The Way We Work

By Ruthie Boyd, Marketing Coordinator VISTA“I Like The Way You Work”I handed our seven-year-old patient’s mother a bag full of Skippy goodies, including a new toothbrush, floss, and a sheet outlining nearby dentists who accept Medicaid and CHP. And as I did, her eyes smiled at us. She thanked our dental hygienist, Claire, for the… Continue Reading

2021 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period Approaches!

2021 Health Insurance Open Enrollment Period Approaches!

By Greg Fischer, Program SupervisorTri-County Health Network (TCHNetwork) is gearing up to help local residents enroll in health insurance during the 2021 Open Enrollment Period. Open Enrollment officially begins November 1 and runs through December 15to ensure coverage starting January 1, 2021. An extended enrollment period runs from December 16th to January 15th for coverage… Continue Reading

Every 6 months Even During a Pandemic – Skippy Mobile Dental Clinic Offers the Ultimate Convenience

Every 6 months Even During a Pandemic – Skippy Mobile Dental Clinic Offers the Ultimate Convenience

By Gina Gurreri, Community Programs Development SupervisorOn a hike this weekend, an out-of-state visitor asked me what I do for work in this area. When I explained that I manage Skippy, Tri-County Health Network’s mobile dental clinic that provides oral healthcare to children in the San Miguel, Ouray, West End, and Delta region, they remarked… Continue Reading

Suicide During a Pandemic

Suicide During a Pandemic

Written by Paul Reich, Behavioral Health Program ManagerWhile headlines across the United States focus on the loss of life due to COVID-19, it is important to recognize that September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and September 6th to the 12th is Suicide Prevention Week.  In 2018, over 48,000 Americans died by suicide, including almost 1,300… Continue Reading

Suicide – Hope, Resilience, and Recovery

Suicide – Hope, Resilience, and Recovery

Written by Paul Reich, Behavioral Health Program ManagerTraditional religions, including Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, have long viewed suicide as a sin against God.   The Catholic Church used to forbid a funeral mass or burial in a Catholic cemetery, considering suicide a mortal sin.  Until quite recently, suicide was illegal in some Western European countries, with… Continue Reading

#StopSuicide -> Utilize Local Mental Health Resources

#StopSuicide -> Utilize Local Mental Health Resources

Written by Sami Damsky, Behavioral Health Outreach Coordinator Education and PreventionSuicide prevention begins with education. While I do not expect everyone in our community to know everything about suicide, I DO want everyone to know about local resources and where to go for support. So often in our rural mountain community, we hear how we… Continue Reading

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